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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City and welcome to February. Today is the 32nd day of the year. There are 333 days remaining in 2017.

The Utah House ratchets up the fight over Bears Ears. Lawmakers say they don't have much extra money for schools this year. Trump makes his Supreme Court pick.

The clock:

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. The Utah House moves ahead with resolutions calling on President Trump to take action against the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

  2. The Outdoor Retailers Show could leave Salt Lake City over the public lands battle. Utah Lawmakers say they hope that doesn't happen [Utah Policy].

  3. Sen. Lincoln Fillmore wants to stop redevelopment agencies from tapping into property tax levies that are supposed to go to schools [Utah Policy].

  4. Rep. Ken Ivory wants to require that lawmakers take a class on federalism every two years [Utah Policy].

  5. Rep. Lee Perry is running two gun bills this session that are seemingly on opposite ends of the gun rights debate [Utah Policy].

  6. Utah Senate Leadership says it's unlikely they will be able to give $190 million in new funding to schools this year, which is far below what backers of a ballot initiative to raise income taxes for schools would like to see [Tribune].

  7. President Donald Trump nominates Colorado conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court [Wall Street Journal]. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee heap praise on Trump's pick [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. Sen. Orrin Hatch is furious that Democrats failed to show up at a meeting to vote on President Trump's nominees to run the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments, calling them "idiots" [The Hill].

  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has 43 investigations lined up as chairman of the House Oversight Committee. None of them are related to President Donald Trump [Washington Post].

  10. A new survey finds, despite a complete lack of evidence, 25% of registered voters believe President Donald Trump's thoroughly debunked false claims about voter fraud [Politico]. 

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Today At Utah Policy

Lawmakers advance resolutions asking Trump to take action against Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monuments

As expected, the Utah House on Tuesday adopted two resolutions asking GOP President Donald Trump to rescind the newly-created Bears Ears National Monument and reduce the size of the 20-year-old Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, both in southeastern Utah....

Weekly survey: What do you think of Trump's Supreme Court pick?

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Lee Praises President Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) gave the following statement Tuesday after President Trump nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Anonin Scalia on the Supreme Court....

Hatch praises Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch

Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the President’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to serve as an Associate Justice of...

Perry's gun bills protect both victims and gun rights

It is kind of the yin and the yang of gun rights and responsibilities – all inside of Rep. Lee Perry, a Utah Highway Patrol officer....

Could Utah lose the Outdoor Retailers Show over public lands fight?

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says efforts by Utah lawmakers to win control of public lands in their state should prompt the Outdoor Retailers Show to move to Denver....

Lawmaker wants to stop redevelopment agencies from tapping school tax levies

Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, wants to prevent redevelopment agencies from tapping school tax levies for economic development purposes....

Bill would require Utah lawmakers to take class on federalism every two years

Sometimes even Utah legislators need to go to school....

Utah Foundation

Policy News

Assets at Utah Educational Savings Plan pass $10 billion
The Utah Educational Savings Plan announced that its assets under management topped $10 billion, a milestone capping 20 years as Utah’s official and only tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan.The path to $10 billion began in 1996, when the Utah Legislature establishe...

Consumer confidence remains strong as Utahns enter 2017
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased slightly after last month’s significant uptick, declining 2.3 points to 117.5 in January....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Hatch: Like Scalia, Gorsuch has shown steady devotion to Constitution

Poll shows a majorityof Utahns oppose Bears Ears

As $7M turnaround program wobbles, educators eye lower-cost alternatives to help Utah's struggling schools

Senators say Utah schools will be 'kept whole' without a tax increase

Utah liquor commission considers consumer app. But would it promote alcohol sales?

Will Mormon church embrace Scouting's new transgender policy? It's assessing the issue

Bill criminalizing panhandling on high-speed roads clears Utah House committee

New bill would bring big changes in how youth are treated in Utah's juvenile justice system

Digital recording could replace government minutes

Utah online sales tax bill advances despite warning it probably will be struck down in court

Utahns frustrated at full voicemail boxes in congressional offices

Affordable housing bill gets Senate committee's OK

Utah senators praise Gorsuch, who's sided with religious and conservative sides from bench

Amid shelter outcry, SLC mayor hints at housing plan, asks for help in State of the City speech

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: State GOP finds new tools for keeping candidates aligned with party

Op-ed: We need local politicians to show leadership on education

Op-ed: Misuse of national executive authority over Utah's lands

Editorial: Utah should explore different options of education reform as well as increased funding

Drone legislation fails to get off the ground

Bill advances designating portion of Mountain View Corridor 'Minuteman Highway'

House committee passes bill to extend early voting period

Lawmaker makes another pitch for state park status for Little Sahara

Online sales tax bill advances while discussions underway on education funding

Utah House urges Trump to undo Bears Ears National Monument

Panhandling safety bill passes House committee

Bhutanese family among last refugee arrivals in Salt Lake as order takes effect

Despite drug, homeless issues, Biskupski delivers message of 'hope' in 2nd State of the City address

LDS Church announces it will study more closely Boy Scouts' allowance of transgender boys

Utah senators praise Supreme Court nominee


American Fork resident Damian Kidd announces primary campaign against Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Daily Herald)

Utah County Commissioners call for better communication and transparency on TRIP project (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

President Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (CNN)

What you need to know about Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch (Denver Post)

Neil Gorsuch: A Worthy Heir to Scalia (National Review)

Trump faces bureaucratic battle in implementing agenda (FOX News)

DHS chief defends rollout of Trump's executive order (CNN)

Trump scraps signing of cybersecurity executive action (The Hill)

Trump transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao confirmed in Senate, with some top Democrats balking (Washington Post)

Volatile biotech trade illustrates Trump's ability to shift sentiment on a dime (MarketWatch)

The real estate mogul's architect: Bannon's influence swells (CNN)

At a moment of uncertainty, Fed likely to leave rates alone (Associated Press)

Aetna CEO: More 'deterioration' in Obamacare risk pools; but doesn't see repeal effect in 2018 (CNBC)

Wise Words

View on Government
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

Shovel Ready
"President Trump signed an executive order authorizing the building of the border wall. It's guaranteed to keep out all Mexicans unless they get their hands on a ladder or a shovel." Conan O'Brien

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